PROJECT MUSHROOM - Page 35



WHAT IS CORDYCEPS
Ophiocordyceps sinensis is a parasitic fungi which is
unwittingly eaten by the larvae of the Ghost Moth.
Immediately the fungi infiltrates the nervous system of
the underground larvae, willing it to face its head
upwards. The fungi then proceeds to breakdown and
absorb, first all of the non essential larvae bits and then
finally in spring they eat through the head of the larvaewith the fungal body coming up through the grass. It
proceeds to spread its spores and the cycle continues
Ophiocordyceps sinensis is native to the highlands of
Tibet, Nepal, India and China. Interestingly there is a
native variety found throughout NZ called
Ophiocordyceps robertsii. This fungi parasitises the
porina moth larvae and has been used by Maori to
make pigment for Ta moko. It was also thought to be
used for lung conditions in Rongoa.
MISTY DAY PLANT POTIONS
AND WHERE CAN I FIND IT?





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